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Safe Download Version... Snow Leopard users that installed Apple's Security Update 2011-003 can get daily safe file updates Safari uses to help make sure malware doesn't find its way onto their Macs. Apple doesn't, however, offer an easy way to tell when your definitions list was last updated, or what list version number is installed, so The Mac Observer whipped up Safe Download Version to handle that task for you.

Safe Download Version is a Mac OS X application that shows which safe downloads definition list version is installed, along with the date and time the definition list was last updated on your computer. The more...

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Version 0.4.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Phylaxis Member IconComment+4
Phylaxis
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We just updated the software to fix this bug. Sorry it took a little while to get this out. Hopefully MU will update this page soon, but until then you can get the latest version (v0.4.2) here

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Version 0.4.1
Phylaxis
+2

Sorry, link was stripped out. Here is the download:

http://backbeat.cachefly.net/TMO/Safe_Download_latest.zip

Dsw1958
+0

Thanks!

Amcarter3
+0

Is this software still working? When I run it, I get a consistent messages saying: "XprotectUpdater[1057:4403] Ignoring new signature plist: Not an increase in version

What does this mean?

Phylaxis Member IconComment+4
Phylaxis
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We just updated the software to fix this bug. Sorry it took a little while to get this out. Hopefully MU will update this page soon, but until then you can get the latest version (v0.4.2) here: http://backbeat.cachefly.net/TMO/Safe_Download_latest.zip

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Version 0.4.1
Apikoros Member IconComment+29
Apikoros
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This is from Jeff Gamet of MacObserver.com, in response to my email to him about the problems several of us have been having with Safe Download Version:

"We have Adam working on an update and should have a new version out next week, assuming there aren't any big surprises that crop up. We packed Adam up and shipped him off to a conference in New York this week, so he's kind of tied up until he gets back to the office. I'll make sure we run an article as soon as the new version is available."

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Version 0.4.1
Dsw1958 Member IconComment+24
Dsw1958
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I'm having the same problem as others. When I run Safe Download Version I get the error: Can't make "Oct" into type integer.

Obviously I am running this in October. It has been running fine up until now. This is not a knock on the app but rather a bug and no way to contact the developer from the app.

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Version 0.4.1
Lacwbo
+0

I have the same problem: the Oct type integer thing. I logged into the developer's site but was unable to post a comment.

Alan69 Member IconReview+1
Alan69
+1

I'm having the same problem as Apikoros. For the last few days when I try to use Safe Download, all I get is a message that says: Can't make "Oct" into type integer.

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Version 0.4.1
Apikoros Member IconReview+29
Apikoros
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Suddenly Safe Download Version won't launch, instead giving me the message "Can't make 'Oct' into type integer." I've tried re-installing SDV, but still get the same message. As little as about two weeks ago it worked fine, reporting back that my machine was up-to-date with Apple's Safe Download version 24.

I've read that there's malware in the wild that disables Apple's Safe Download feature, and that the malware is transmitted via a Flash installer that is not genuine, but I haven't used any Flash installer in ages. I also have no idea if the described malware would affect Safe Download Version, which is not an Apple application.

Is anyone else experiencing this malfunction of Safe Download Version, or can anyone suggest what might be wrong?

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Version 0.4.1
Apikoros
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I apologize. I meant to post this as a troubleshooting comment/question, not a rating. My error. It's clearly a 5-star product.

Apikoros
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I just ran "defaults read /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/XProtect.meta Version" in Terminal and it reveals I now have version 31 of Apple's Safe Downloads/XProtect on my machine. Running "defaults read /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/XProtect.meta LastModification" reveals that version 31 was downloaded/installed on October 11th. Can anyone confirm that that is the most recent version?

Thanks in advance.

Lacwbo
+0

I have the same problem; can't load just get the OCT Integer thing. Checked on terminal for latest version and it is version 31 dowloaded October 11.

Funjoy Member IconReview+104
Funjoy
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Stable, useful and free. Let me download a newer virus-definition than was on my Mac, which for some reason Apple did not push down to me in the 4 days it had been out. Excellent utility.

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Version 0.4.1
Ronl Member IconComment+926
Ronl
+2

Appears to work correctly.

It always makes me a little nervous though when any app (whose developer I am unfamiliar with) requires my admin password to use.

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Version 0.4.1
Ronl
+2

Especially when it is still a beta version (i.e. 0.4.1).

Ronl
+2

Let me 'balance' my previous comments here...
I've been reading the "Mac Observer" for years and since they endorse the developer (Adam Christianson) I have no reason to believe there would be a security problem.

Ronl
+2

However... it would serve to add credibility if both MacUpdate and the Mac Observer decide on the spelling of Adam's surname ;) (MacUpdate shows Christensen, and the Mac Observer shows Christianson)

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
+2

I don't think you'd want something that accesses root processes to run without an admin password. That *would* be a security problem.

That said, some people have had trouble with the method employed by Safe Download Version deleting their login keychain. I haven't had this problem, but as a precaution you should make a backup copy of your keychain before running Safe Download.

Ronl
+2

I read about that caveat on Mac Observer also (i.e. keychain problem).
Yes... I realize some apps require the admin password... I'm just saying people should always be careful when they're asked and not to type it in unless they are certain as to the credibility of the developer.

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Chrischram
Version 0.4.1
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Details

Downloads 2,607
Version Downloads 1,418
Type Utilities / Virus
License Free
Date 25 Dec 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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